The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 30, 2013

Affidavit: Hit-and-run suspect wanted father to claim he hit a dog

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A man involved in a fatality hit and run accident on South Van Buren last week wanted his father to take the blame and for his father to tell police he thought he’d struck a dog, court filings show.

Anthony Michael “Mike” Oller was formally charged Tuesday in connection with the Jan. 22 death of Mary Ward.

Oller faces felony charges of first-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatality accident and a misdemeanor charge of driving with his license revoked.

PDF: Click here to see court documents and description of accident and subsequent chain of events as reported by Enid police

He faces 20 years to life imprisonment on the manslaughter charge and three years to life imprisonment on the leaving the scene of an accident charge.

Oller was arrested Jan. 22 by Enid police following an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Ward.

Officers responded to a 911 call of an accident involving great bodily injury at 8:26 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Van Buren. The caller told police the vehicle and driver involved in the collision fled the scene. Ward was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m.

Officer Aaron Barber found Ward lying in the east northbound lane of Van Buren when he arrived. Two men were attempting to provide first aid to the woman.

A man entering a business on the 1300 block of South Van Buren told Officer Robert McFadden he heard what he thought was the sound of a vehicle hitting something. He said a full-sized pickup with a ladder in the bed stopped for about 30 seconds.

The man also told McFadden he thought something fell from the truck but he did not think anything of it and went inside the business. He said he was behind the truck and did not see what damage occurred or the driver of the truck.

A woman who was southbound on Van Buren told McFadden a truck had passed her, and she saw a woman standing on the east side of the yellow line of the turn lane. She said she saw the truck hit the woman and the woman was thrown into the air, landing in front of the truck. She said the truck ran over the woman, turned east and left the scene. The woman said she did not see the driver of the truck.

Sgt. Justin Hodges spoke with Steve Oller, Michael Oller’s father, at the scene of the collision.

He said his son was driving the truck involved in the accident and said the truck was behind Buck’s Party Shop.

Hodges and McFadden found a silver Chevy 1500 extended cab pickup behind the business. It appeared the primary impact took place in the middle of the front of the vehicle.

Steve Oller told police his son got off work about 7:10 to 7:15 p.m. and had about three or four 12-ounce beers at his home at 1710 Hudson. He told police his son had become “mouthy” and he knew his son was getting drunk.

Steve Oller said he left between 7:45 and 8 p.m. and went home. He said when he got home Michael called him in a panic, asking him to come back. He said his son called at 8:43 p.m. Steve Oller said he went back to his son’s house and his son called him about every minute, telling him to hurry up.

Steve Oller said his son told him he left the convenience store and looked down to “mess” with something in the truck. Steve Oller said his son told him he suddenly hit something. Steve said Michael told him he assumed he hit a person due to the damage being so high on the truck.

Steve Oller told police Michael asked him to go back to the scene and claim he hit the girl. Steve Oller said his son told him to tell police he thought he hit a dog.

Steve Oller told police he wanted to take his own vehicle to the scene to talk to police, but Michael “threw a fit” and had him take the damaged truck back to the scene.

Hodges and McFadden went to 1710 Hudson to speak with Michael Oller. He and his ex-wife had left the home, and Steve Oller called Michael, telling him to return to the house. Steve Oller said the two were driving nearby in a tan SUV.

Officers Lee Frisendahl and Aaron Barber found the tan SUV in the 1000 block of Hite and conducted a traffic stop. Barber spoke to Michael about the accident.

Michael Oller told Barber his father was driving the truck and hit a dog. Barber described Michael Oller as having bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of intoxicant about his person.

Barber spoke with Carol Oller who said Michael had become panicky and called his father to come back. She said she asked Michael why he was calling his dad to come back, and Michael told her he hit something on Van Buren and thought it was a dog.

She said Steve and Michael looked at Michael’s truck and Steve later left in it. She said Michael asked her to drive him to the scene to check on Steve.

Michael Oller is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on the charges Thursday morning.